Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. It is characterized by recurring yet variable symptoms, airflow obstruction and bronchospasms.
Symptoms may include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and sputum production which may be difficult to cough up. Symptoms are commonly worse at night, in the early morning, in cold air, during exercise or in the presence of certain triggers e.g. pets or smoke.
Causes may include genetic and environmental factors and a diagnosis is usually based on the pattern of symptoms and the response to treatment over time.
There is no cure for asthma but symptoms can often be improved through eliminating triggers, making lifestyle changes, using appropriate medication (e.g. bronchodilators and corticosteroids) and attending Physiotherapy to improve the overall lung function.
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